November 10, 2010
Stephenson Center presents lecture, "Appalachian Women" by Kathy Olson November 18 at 7 p.m.

Appalachian scholar Kathy Olson will present a lecture, "Appalachian Women" on Thursday, November 18, at 7:00 p.m. in the Stafford Room in the Carson Library of Lees-McRae College. Sponsored by the Stephenson Center for Appalachia, the lecture is free and open to the public.

Kathy Olson is a professor in the Humanities Division at Lees-McRae, and has taught classes in Appalachian studies and Appalachian Women. She has published essays on Appalachian writers, such as James Still and Louise Bogan, and co-edited James Still: Critical Essays on the Dean of Appalachian Literature. She has also presented papers at the Southern Writing Conference, the Tennessee Philological Society and the Appalachian Studies Conference, among others.

Olson will discuss the influence of women from Appalachia and from outside the region on our culture, revealing the important role women have played in the history of the mountains and the country.

"We look forward to Professor Olson's program and are fortunate to have her expertise at Lees-McRae College," said Dr. Michael Joslin, Director of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia. "We invite anyone interested in the role of women in Appalachia to attend the lecture."

The Stephenson Center for Appalachia Lectures are open to the public and free of charge. For more information contact Meghan Wright at 828-898-8729.

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